Dr Jenny du Preez
Programme Coordinator

Jenny Boźena du Preez is the programme coordinator for the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University. She has a PhD in Literary Studies in English with a thesis on the representation of queer sexualities and genders in contemporary short fiction by African women.

Her research interests include the representation of gender and sexuality, literature from Africa and the diaspora, women’s writing, and the erotic. She is also interested in the discipline of Literary Studies, its critical and transformative potential, the literary imagination, and the university.

She is an active member of ACUSAfrica, a network of scholars and practitioners interested in Critical University Studies and other alternative and radical approaches to studying the university. Her research in this area currently explores the representation of the university in South African fiction, in light of the intriguing connections between Literary Studies in English and Critical University Studies.

She also continues to write on African fiction, gender and sexuality.


Jenny Boźena du Preez. 2020. “‘Rediscovering the Erotic as Ordinary’ in South African Women’s Short Fiction.” Journal of Southern African Studies, 46.4: 689-702. DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2020.1792123

Jenny Boźena du Preez. 2017. “Liminality and Alternative Femininity in Sol T. Plaatje’s Mhudi.” English in Africa 44.2:41-63. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/eia.v44i2.2


Jenny Boźena du Preez. 2022. “Navigating the spectacular in queer African erotic short fiction.” In: The Short Story in South Africa: Contemporary Trends and Perspectives.” Eds. Rebecca Fasselt and Corinne Sandwith. Routledge.

Jenny Boźena du Preez. 2020. “Women’s solidarity in Sol T. Plaatje’s Mhudi.” In: Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi: History, Criticism, Celebration. Eds. Sabata-mpho Mokae and Brian Willan. Auckland Park: Jacana Media. 171-190.